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Worship at B'nai Zion

Friday Night Erev Shabbat Services

Friday night, we begin the celebration of Shabbat with a warm, spiritually uplifting service beginning at 6:00 PM in the sanctuary. The rich mixture of traditional and contemporary music and prayer encourages all to participate. Like all of our services, our  Erev Shabbat liturgy honors both Jewish tradition and the modern egalitarian spirit that is the hallmark of Reform Judaism. We use Mishkan T'filah, the newest prayer book of the Reform Jewish Movement. During the service, Rabbi Jana will offer inspirational insights and a sermon. Music is led by our Cantorial Soloist Adam Philley (who also plays keyboard) and Rabbi Jana (who also plays guitar). We always conclude our service around 7:00 PM. Sometimes our Oneg Shabbat is on Zoom: a time to meet with new and old friends from around the country. The Friday evening service is usually streamed “live” and available afterwards at the B’nai Zion YouTube channel.


Shabbat Morning Torah Study and Service


Shabbat morning, we join together 9:45 AM on Zoom. Rabbi Jana leads a discussion of the Torah portion of the week. Often discussions are accompanied by videos and other media that provide alternate interpretations. The Torah Study is followed by a Shabbat Morning Service that begins around at approximately 11:00 AM. This service is usually a casual, inspirational and learning experience led by Rabbi Jana. At noon we end our worship with blessing challah.


KID-dush Shabbat (Shabbat for Children)


KID-dush Shabbat is a fun, engaging, half-hour service for families with young children. We sing songs and prayers, move around a lot, listen to a story told by Rabbi Jana, and share some juice and challah. We typically have KID-dush Shabbat from 9-9:30 AM on Saturday mornings once a month. Click HERE to go to the KID-dush Shabbat page for links to prayers, songs, games, and stories. The Events page will show when there is KID-dush Shabbat. Please contact Rabbi Jana if you are interested in attending.


The High Holy Days


The High Holy Days are Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Jews are forbidden to work on the High Holy Days, and the overwhelming majority attends worship services and family gatherings on these days.

Rosh HaShanah: Rosh means “beginning of” and HaShanah means “the year.” The Jewish New Year marks the beginning of a ten-day period of spiritual renewal known as the Jewish High Holy Days. Rosh HaShanah is marked by worship services, prayers for Divine forgiveness for one’s shortcomings, and the sounding of the shofar. Rosh HaShanah comes on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which corresponds to the fall in the secular calendar (Leviticus 23:24; Numbers 29:1; and Nehemiah 8:2-3).

Yom Kippur: Yom means “day” and Kippur means “atonement.” Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. The Day of Atonement begins at sundown on the tenth day of the month of Tishrei. The whole day of Yom Kippur is devoted to fasting, prayer, repentance, reconciliation and forgiveness with our family, friends, neighbors and God. The services include a Yizkor (memorial) service to honor our deceased loved ones. While fasting is important, one may not fast if doing so endangers his/her health (Leviticus 16:30-31; 23:27-32).

B’nai Zion services for the High Holy Days are enhanced by our wonderful choir. We do not require tickets to attend our services. We provide childcare, and also offer services for young children.


Other Holy Day Festivals


B’nai Zion offers a complete schedule of services in observance of the Festivals. The three pilgrimage Festivals were originally associated with travel (pilgrimage) to the ancient Temple in Jerusalem to offer prayers and sacrifices (Exodus 23:14-16; Deuteronomy 16:16). For thousands of years, Jews have observed these Biblical Holy Days by attending services at Synagogues and by gathering with family for sacred celebrations in their homes.

Note: B'nai Zion follows the schedule of Festival observances in accordance with the Biblical instructions and in keeping with the observance of all Jews in Israel. 

Pesach, or Passover, is the seven day spring Festival that celebrates our liberation from Egypt (Exodus 12:17-27; 34:18.) While the Passover seder on the first night is most appropriately in our homes, B’nai Zion offers a congregational seder for members and guests. The Festival concludes on the 7th day with a service in morning. Yizkor, memorial prayers, are recited at the morning of the 7th day.

Shavuot is the “Feast of Weeks.” It comes seven weeks after Passover and marks both the barley harvest and a celebration of the giving of The Decalogue. (Exodus 34:22; Deut. 16:9-10). B’nai Zion traditionally has a Shavuot service on the Shabbat evening closest to Shavuot that is led by the Confirmation class. The morning service on Shavuot includes Yizkor, memorial prayers.

Sukkot is the fall harvest Festival. It lasts for seven days and concludes with the Festival of Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah on the eighth day (Leviticus 23:34; Deuteronomy 16:13). Jews eat and many sleep in Sukkot (literally, “booths,” the singular is “Sukkah”) during this Festival. Shake the lulav and etrog in our beautiful sukkah. For Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah we will have an evening service on the Shabbat closest to the holy day when we Consecrate our young students, and everyone dances with the Torah scrolls. The morning  service includes Yizkor, memorial prayers.


The Minor Festivals: Purim and Hanukkah
Hanukkah and  Purim are celebrated at B’nai Zion with wonderful, family friendly services and programs that glow with the joy and spirit of our heritage. We often have Shabbat Dinner and special services. For Purim there will be a Purim Schpiel – often multi-media, and for Hanukkah each household brings a hanukiyah and we kindle them together before the service.



       Upcoming Events:

All Events
  • Sunday ,
    DecDecember  10 , 2023
    Hanukkah ııııİiiii

    Sunday, Dec 10th 5:00p to 11:55p
    Light 4 Hanukkah candles ııııİiiii tonight


  • Monday ,
    DecDecember  11 , 2023
    Red River Radio Hanukkah Lights 2022
    Monday, Dec 11th 2:00p to 3:00p
    Hanukkah Lights 2023 Red River Radio (KDAQ 89.9 in Shreveport) For the 33rd anniversary of "Hanukkah Lights," Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz read a new lineup of Hanukkah stories.


  • Monday ,
    DecDecember  11 , 2023
    Hanukkah ıııiİiiii

    Monday, Dec 11th 5:00p to 11:55p
    Light 5 Hanukkah candles ıııiİiiii tonight


  • Monday ,
    DecDecember  11 , 2023
    People of the Book Club

    Monday, Dec 11th 7:00p to 8:00p
    The Book "Kantika" by Elizabeth Graver will be discussed.


  • Tuesday ,
    DecDecember  12 , 2023
    Hanukkah ııiiİiiii

    Tuesday, Dec 12th 5:00p to 11:55p
    Light 6 Hanukkah candles ııiiİiiii tonight


  • Wednesday ,
    DecDecember  13 , 2023
    Red River Radio Eternal Echoes for Hanukkah

    Wednesday, Dec 13th 2:00p
    Eternal Echoes for Hanukkah Red River Radio (KDAQ 89.9 in Shreveport) Itzhak Perlman presents music and history about songs of Hanukkah.


  • Wednesday ,
    DecDecember  13 , 2023
    Hanukkah ıiiiİiiii

    Wednesday, Dec 13th 5:00p to 11:55p
    Light 7 Hanukkah candles ıiiiİiiii tonight


  • Wednesday ,
    DecDecember  13 , 2023
    Pickleball for Fun: Play or Watch at BZ

    Wednesday, Dec 13th 6:00p to 7:00p
    We welcome all skill levels - even if you have never played before. Come try or just watch. It is a non-competitive fun evening. Use the doors at the front entrance by the Lefkowitz Hall, and knock to be let into the building. This invitation is for Members of BZ (who may bring one guest with them).


  • Thursday ,
    DecDecember  14 , 2023
    Hanukkah iiiiİiiii

    Thursday, Dec 14th 5:00p to 11:55p
    Light 8 Hanukkah candles iiiiİiiii tonight



Sun, December 10 2023 27 Kislev 5784